The Isle of Dogs is experiencing the highest concentration of proposed development and most rapid urbanisation in the UK. But does it make sense. No.
The local neighbourhood forum has set down a 3D model. It shows how in toto the planned developments are a visiual and planning mess. The visual foci of Canary Wharf would be lost with a confused and messy skyline, patently excessive FAR in some areas (Wood Wharf) and lack of community facilities.
It is dealing with planning on this scale that the advantages of a zoning and subdivision system comes into its own. This could:
- Define the maximum population the area could take based on transport capacity
- Distribute it around the island based on FAR or equivalent
- Define minimum community facilities standards and sites for such facilities
There is no reason why this could not be set out in the emergent neighbourhood plan, providing it is based on a well formulated masterplan.